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Sinis Artisan Glacier (and other less known artisanal ice cream and gelato)

mainsqueeze Jun 14, 2007 10:25 AM

Besides the usual suspects, please tell me about ice cream and gelato shops woth trying - or even restaurants that have home-made sorbet or ice cream desserts I should try. I've already been to Havres aux Glaces, Bilboquet, Meu Meu, Ripples, and Roberto numerous times, and have tried Wild Willy's in Dorval and Patio on Mont-Royal. As you can tell, I am willing to travel for ice cream, so lay it on me!

We went to Sinis (why does hardly anyone ever mention this place?) last night and were pleased, especially by their lovely inventive fruit flavours. The brandy and nougat flavours were just fine, though I've have much better nougat gelato elsewhere (Roberto). However, there were some flavours that we'd never seen elsewhere with which we were quite impressed! Pineapple-Basil and Apricot-Rosemary really stood out! I'm going back just for those two. Mango-Jasmine was also quite yummy.

  1. Em24 Jul 28, 2008 05:30 AM

    A place on St-Charles boulevard in the West Island - Dolce Vita it's called. I saw it mentionned on another thread. Too bad it is in such a bad location (strip mall between Subway and Blockbuster) because their ice cream is to die for. It is absolutely perfect, and there are so many flavours! I had the mint with chocolate chips and it was minty yet tasty and soooo smooth. I also sampled Grand Marnier (mmmm orange taste for grown ups), Mount Venusio (very good, but the brownie chunks in there tasted a bit like freezer burn), and Irish cream (just wanted to throw it in a blender and drink it up with a straw). I will definitely stop by every time because I find it that good. From what I understood, they make all their ice cream.

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      BLM Jul 27, 2008 10:07 AM

      Besides Meu Meu, any other good ice cream establishments in Montreal offering milkshakes on their menu?

      1. icey Jul 22, 2008 12:06 PM

        Hi...was visiting from Toronto and wanted to go back to Sinis for some pineapple-basil gelato that I have never seen here in T.O. I called them to check on their hours and the phone number is out of service!!!! Have they closed??!!??! Does anyone know?

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        1. re: icey
          carswell Jul 22, 2008 12:33 PM

          Their Outremont number is out of service too.

          Sinis Artisan Glacier Inc - 514-276-6480
          1562, avenue Van Horne , Outremont , QC H2V 1L5

          Doesn't look good.

        2. k
          kayamate Jun 9, 2008 09:42 AM

          I find Sinis has creative flavours but the depth of taste is lacking..What about Plus Que Parfait on Fairmount near Clark? The flavours chjange regularily and the staff is really helpful. Plus they make their own cones and popsicles!

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            rooibus Jun 21, 2007 02:39 PM

            my newest fav - Bo Bec Cremerie on Laurier ST. E. just 4 or 5 blocks west of Papineau and my favorite flavour is Indian Kulfi. If you don't see it in the counter they usually have it in a secondary freezer. I also like their chocolate-ginger, strawberry-basil and apricot-rosemary. he says that he also sometimes uses lavender with fruit. I go there from westmount, just for the ice cream.
            Another place I have recently tried and liked is Itsi Bitsi on Notre Dame just east of the Atwater Market. They specialize in cupcakes but also make homemade ice creams (not sure about gelato) which I have tried and liked.

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            1. re: rooibus
              SnackHappy Jun 21, 2007 02:55 PM

              Mmmm, Kulfi. Now, I absolutely must go.

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                swissfoodie Jun 22, 2007 09:26 AM

                Aboslutely second that recommendation for Bo-Bec. Except I find the strawberry-basil spectacular. Furthermore, the Baci ice cream is amazing.

                1. re: swissfoodie
                  mainsqueeze Jun 24, 2007 10:44 AM

                  I went this weekend. The strawberry-basil was indeed delicious, but I think I preferred the apricot-rosemary from Sinis;

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                Moosemeat Jun 21, 2007 07:12 AM

                There's a place in the old port called "crêpes aux folies" that has the best green apple gelato I've ever tried. (In the interest of of full disclosure, my cousin is part owner.) They aren't yet at havre aux glaces's level, but they're definitely the best in the old port area.

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                1. re: Moosemeat
                  mainsqueeze Jun 21, 2007 10:11 AM

                  Thanks for the tip. I will definitely give it a shot. Do you have the address? I can't seem to find it online.

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                    m
                    Moosemeat Jun 21, 2007 12:24 PM

                    423 Place Jaques-Cartier.

                  2. re: Moosemeat
                    Em24 Jul 28, 2008 05:26 AM

                    I tried the place on Thursday and I have to say I was SO disappointed. I paid $3.68 for the tiniest size of ice cream (minty chocolate) and it was tasteless. It tasted like Scope diluted in brown water and then frozen. Should have gone to Ben and Jerry's.

                  3. SnackHappy Jun 21, 2007 06:35 AM

                    Went back. last night. Tried the Orange-Cointreau and the Cocktail d'Agrumes. The former was good, but maybe not orangey enough, and the latter was delicious with a nice grapefruit flavour.

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                      BLM Jun 20, 2007 06:32 PM

                      Tried Sinis earlier this week for first time & was very impressed. Interesting flavour combinations, & some unusual flavours. Ended up trying 6 flavours. Pretty expensive, but they overfill their cups(they use similiar(maybe the same ones) cups as Havres aux Glaces). So far Sinis & Havres aux Glaces are my places to go for ice cream.

                      1. eoj Jun 15, 2007 05:47 PM

                        I tried Sinis today ... the flavours are not as crisp as Havre-aux-Glaces, but the fruit-based combos are interesting. We tried: citron, pamplemousse-campari, pomme verte, ananas-basilic, mangue-jasmine, and chocolat fraise.

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                          swissfoodie Jun 14, 2007 03:14 PM

                          Where is this place? Address please!

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                          1. re: swissfoodie
                            SnackHappy Jun 14, 2007 05:00 PM

                            Sinis Artisan Glacier Inc
                            916 AVENUE DULUTH EST
                            (514) 528-2651

                            The pineapple-basil is definitely a must.

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